December 21, 2016 IBOMLLC Team

Lilian Makoi Talks Bringing Affordable Health Insurance to Africa

Innov8tiv
Innov8tiv – Blacks In Technology in USA, UK, Caribbean Islands & Africa

Visionary Entrepreneur Series: Innov8tiv presents the best and brightest early stage entrepreneurs from Tiphub’s Diaspora Demo Summit. Tiphub is a mentorship driven accelerator that supports early stage businesses and social impact ventures in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Tanzanian born Lilian Makoi is the trailblazing founder behind Jamii- a mobile micro health insurance product targeting low income populations in Africa. When it comes to launching a profitable business, low income populations are often overlooked, but Makoi decided very early on to focus on impact rather than income. “Forming Jamii was a result of a personal incident that left my maid a widow and her children fatherless, said Makoi. “Her husband died from an accident, not because the accident was so bad, but because they couldn’t afford $25 to access medical help. After dealing with my conscious, I realized there is an ignored population here. I researched and learned how big the problem was and was shocked to know that 76% of the Tanzania population had no health insurance, from the informal sector with sporadic incomes! After speaking to various insurers trying to understand why they are …read more

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